The Journal of Law – “Like Water for Law Reviews”

Another Volume #1, Issue #1, just came across my desk:  The Journal of Law.

The Journal of Law looks like a conventional law review, but it is really a bundle of small, unconventional law journals, all published together in one volume.  This approach saves money over separate publications.  It also frees editors of the individual journals to spend more time finding and refining good material . . .  The idea is that the Journal of Law will be an incubator of sorts, providing for legal intellectuals something akin to what business schools’ incubators offer commercial entrepreneurs: friendly, small-scale, in-kind support for promising, unconventional ideas for which (a) there might be a market, but (b) there is not yet backing among established, deep-pocketed powers-that-be.

This first issue contains three journals:

Pub. L. Misc. is a project of James C. Ho of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Trevor W. Morrison of the Columbia University School of Law.  Their plan is to provide a forum for the publication of a relatively neglected body of legal material: constitutional documents, recent and ancient, that originate outside of Article III of the U.S. Constitution.

Law & Commentary is an experiment in non-blind peer review in which signed reviews (by senior, influential scholars) are published side-by-side with the reviewed work.  The first issue features an article by Stuart Chinn of the University of Oregon School of Law, with commentary by Bruce Ackerman of the Yale Law School and Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas School of Law.

The Congressional Record, FantasyLaw Edition, is a student-edited journal . . . focusing on empirical analysis of the activities of federal legislators.

More about the journal, including its full text and an explanation of why it is “like water for law reviews” here:  www.journaloflaw.us

It’s in print too and will be “as long as the most prestigious law reviews appear in print, . . . ”  As for when it will “abandon ink and paper” it cites, among other things, the Durham Statement.

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